For informational/historical purposes only.
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 9, 1998
ODOT Releases Third Annual
(COLUMBUS) - Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray today unveiled ODOTs third annual State of the Transportation System Report, a comprehensive update on the current "health" of one of the State of Ohios most critical assets, its transportation system. In coordination with the event was the announcement of the advancement of several major new construction projects.
The report offers an in-depth look at:
"This report provides an annual snapshot of the condition of our transportation system. As custodians of that system, its important that ODOT reports to its customers how the system is doing," said Wray.
The report also provides a detailed review of departmental activities during the past year and outlines initiatives for the upcoming year.
"The department has been experiencing on-going change for several years as we continue to restructure and re-engineer ODOT. We have trimmed more than $150 million from operating costs as a result of internal restructuring and re-invested those savings in our construction program."
The assessment, much like a corporations annual report, tracks important trends in the transportation system and predicts future conditions based on transportation use to determine future funding needs and allocations.
"As a result of the passage of the federal transportation budget this summer our financial picture has become more clear," said Wray. "We will receive about $802 million in federal funds for 1999. This is about $100 million more than we received in 1998. Even with these increased funds the demands of the highway network are tremendous, so it is increasingly important for the department to perform its duties as efficiently and effectively as possible."
Some of the highlights from this years State of the System Transportation Report include: